Alligator and Crocodile Unit Study

For the past week the younger two kids have been doing a unit study on Crocodilians for their science.  It's been a fun study, and I wanted to share what we did in case anyone else is interested in doing their own unit study.

I'll start with the books we read:

Who Lives in an Alligator Hole?  was my favorite out of the books that we read for this study.  It was well written, very informative, and held their attention.  Just perfect for two squirmy kids!  At the end of the book was an activity where the kids were able to make their own alligator hole to show the importance of alligators for the environment.

The kids loved this activity!  But of course why wouldn't they it involved dirt and water, which of course created quite a mess.

Crocodiles and Alligators was another book that we read.  It was a great book, with a lot of information but I wouldn't recommend it if you have younger ones that don't sit still very long as it is quite a long book.

Alligators and Crocodiles was the kids favorite book.  They loved the see-through pictures.

In addition to reading we completed the free Crocodilians Lapbook from Homeschool Share.  The lapbook was perfect for us as there were two templates for each lapbook piece, one for children who were writing, and one with cut and paste information for children who are not writing.  So Sunshine was able to write the answers in on hers and Little Man was able to just cut and paste his answers in.

And for fun we did the Alligator Paper Craft from DLTK-Kids.   

Of course, Little Man had to be different and have his alligator on all fours....

But what made it so much fun was going outside for school work...

Please ignore the condition of my sidewalk.  When we moved here the moving truck ran over the sidewalk and cracked it.  When we had that small earthquake here last year it damaged the sidewalk even further.  This is on our list of projects for this summer.


  1. This is such a cute idea!

    I can't wait for my son to be a little older so that I can do things like this. We are hoping to homeschool ( but he's only 9 who knows what will happen by then)

    = )


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